Let Go, Let God
Still and Know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)
Someone wrote to the "Discussion Forum" of
Friday Study Ministries, and asked the question, "what does it mean
to 'Let Go, Let God'?" I know
what it means to me, but I decided to research the phrase on the
Internet, to see where it originated. I didn't find a precise
origin, but found that it is, among other things:
A song by Lloyd and Barbara Cooper, from 1987.
A "Yoga" concept, with the superscript, "You don't
have to be Religious".
A poem by Maria Irene Gonzalez.
An anonymous poem, which starts, "fear less, love
more" (good advice).
A book by that name, offered on Amazon.com.
A slogan of Alcoholics Anonymous.
A tribute for "Bob who is terminally ill", from his
caregiver, Sandy Miller.
Sandy Miller spoke highly of Bob and his
courageous fight against a "rare immune
disease." She said of God, who was with them during this
time, "He supplies every need, His grace
is sufficient to get you through anything this world has to offer.
Through Bob's illness, God has really worked in my life. I have
found faith, love and strength, that can only come from God."
She referred to the Scripture, "Be
still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10) as a key to her
ability to cope in the time of her crisis. (It can be argued that
all of us are always in crisis and always in need of God).
To "be still"
is to "stop striving" or simply "cease"
in the Hebrew, and it is a reminder to quit trying to “fix” all your
problems and instead let God bear them with you. He is so much
better at it than you are. This is very similar to "Let
Go, Let God", referring to our very real need (especially in
times of crisis) to look to God, not only for solutions, but also
for the strength to get through. There was a tune in the late
1800's, by Elisha Hoffman (who wrote over 2,000 Gospel songs),
containing the words, "I must tell
Jesus, I must tell Jesus; I cannot bear my burdens alone."
To "Let Go, Let God", is to
follow the advice of that song.
To "Let Go, Let
God" or “be still” is to
understand that I am NOT God, and cannot (as in the song) "bear
my burdens alone." But people try to do exactly that (bear
them alone), and then, when things don’t work out, they enter a form
of denial that God exists for them, leaving only these kinds of
explanation for God, in relation to what has happened. They decide:
God doesn't exist, or
He does not care, or perhaps
He isn't able to help, or maybe
He's unwilling to help, because there’s something
wrong with me.
Those are difficult choices, but they are
also a lie, because none of them are true.
God DOES exist; He CARES, He’s ABLE, and
He's willing to HELP you and me. It must be pointed out that, yes,
something IS wrong with us, which is why the Holy Spirit wrote
through Paul, "ALL have sinned and come
short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Every one of us
has fallen short, but there is unspeakable hope, for He offers
infinitely more: "The wages of sin is
death, but the gift of God is eternal LIFE through Jesus Christ our
Lord" (Romans 6:23). His Law condemns us, but through His
Grace we have an unexpected Gift, because Jesus paid the price, the
penalty for our sins. He died so that you can LIVE. He bore your
sins and you are free - If you WANT that freedom.
A week ago, we attended a graveside service
for a lovely lady named Barbara Haynes, mother of Don Haynes, Vice
President of Friday Study Ministries. At the reception, we were
speaking with Sheryl McKinney, who told about her son, Josh, and the
heart problems that nearly took him from her, sixteen years before.
God miraculously restored Josh through the hands of a surgeon, and
it should be noted that both the surgeon and his wife received
Christ, as the result of Josh's recovery.
Sheryl had given Josh back to the Lord,
during his (and her) darkest moments, and then God 1) gave Josh back
to her, and 2) brought faith to others as a result of what happened
Sheryl also told of another couple who had a
child with physical problems, and they turned AWAY from God, perhaps
thinking "He does not care," as mentioned earlier. Our heartache
brings with it a choice. We can either
Let Go, Let God, in the midst of our difficulties, or we can
turn away from Him, furious inside that things have not gone for us
as we hoped.
God is real, He cares, He is able, and He
loves you. We often cannot see His loving hand, except in the midst
of the storm in our lives, when we discover that we must learn to “Be
still” and “KNOW that (He
is) “God” (Psalm 46:10). It’s at
those times we finally discover how to “Let
Go, Let God.” There’s no other way.
Lord, let us become like Sandy and Sheryl,
who have taught us by their example, to “Let
Go, Let God” in our difficulties. Let us learn to “Be
Still” as we are taught by the Psalmist. Dear Jesus, teach
us to let go of always trying to do it ourselves and receive You
now. Fill us with Your Spirit, and let us trust in you. In Jesus
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries
Tel: (562) 688-5559
PO Box 92131
Long Beach, CA 90809-2131
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"